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  1. In Bhagavad Gita it is said that your Soul itself is the friend and the enemy. Isn’t enmity an action by another? Are we ourselves the reason for the enemy?

    Yes, enmity is an emotion which arises in our mind. If another person considers us an enemy then that is their doing, not ours. It is their headache; from our side we don’t consider anybody as an enemy.
    If it seems that somebody is an enemy, then act ...
  2. In Bhagavad Gita it is said that your Soul itself is the friend and the enemy. Isn’t enmity an action by another? Are we ourselves the reason for the enemy?

    Yes, enmity is an emotion which arises in our mind. If another person considers us an enemy then that is their doing, not ours. It is their headache; from our side we don’t consider anybody as an enemy.
    If it seems that somebody is an enemy, then act ...
  3. In Bhagavad Gita it is said that your Soul itself is the friend and the enemy. Isn’t enmity an action by another? Are we ourselves the reason for the enemy?

    Yes, enmity is an emotion which arises in our mind. If another person considers us an enemy then that is their doing, not ours. It is their headache; from our side we don’t consider anybody as an enemy.
    If it seems that somebody is an enemy, then act ...
  4. Gurudev, at what stages can you solve a problem by violence? Saam, Daam, Dand, Bhed? (The four ways of making someone do a task as stated in Chanakya Niti)

    When nothing works then the final is Mahabharat. But only when nothing else works. Lord Krishna gave a thorough example of this: he went three times, not just once, but three times for mediation (between the Kauravs and Pandavas); he went ...

  5. Dear Gurudev, there is so much conflict in the world even right now. How can there ever be world peace?

    Sometimes you feel like that.
    Even I felt, we have done so much work in Iraq; from 2003 we have been in Iraq. We have made efforts to bring communities together. We have brought smiles to the faces of thousands of Iraqi women. After the war we brought ...
  6. Gurudev, due to religious systems, people fight. Religion was formed by God, so does God take the blame for this quarrel?

    Listen, fools take any pretext to fight, not just religion. Fools fight over caste, over language, over nationality. They fight over anything. Be wise and rise above conflict.

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  7. How do you bring peace to a relationship with a lot of conflict and arguments? Do you stay in it?

    There are two ways to handle it:
    Move away from that place at that time - because when everybody is angry, things are heating up, everyone goes deaf. Angry people do not listen to anyone. The best thing is move away a l ...

  8. Gurudev, The Art of Living is so popular now, yet we face a lot of difficulty at times in convincing our parents. In your time, how did you win your parents’ approval?

    Yes. I had to work hard for it.
    Do you know why have I kept a beard? No?
    In Delhi, when I started teaching, many of these professors would come, because they heard of my name and that I was teaching meditation. But when they came to the venue, th ...
  9. Gurudev, sometimes what make me happy conflicts with the expectations of my family and friends. In that case what do I do?

    Yes, you need to balance both.
    Balance between your search for happiness and the expectation of others from you.
    It is a little delicate but you should definitely make an effort. ...
  10. Conflict And Innocence

    Fights can only happen among equals. When you fight with someone, you make them equal. But in reality there is no one at par with you. When you keep people either above or below you, then there is no fight. When they are above you, you respect them. When ...
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